This is my granddaughter, Natalie, who has shown you HER version of getting older here. She is five now. She turned five the end of May and continues to amaze me every day. Her Mommy and Daddy are the best parents and really have done a wonderful job raising her. I feel lucky to be around her all the time now, watching her grow. What a wonderful summer she is having. Ocean trips, collecting shells, swimming lessons, movies, sleep-overs...what every young girl should experience and remember. Now that we have a pool we get to see her much more than we used to. And with a summer full of hot days, there will be many more opportunities I'm sure.
Wishing you all a summer full of memories, hot days, and dips in a pool, lake, stream or river. The special fragrance that comes along with summer will make an indelible mark in your mind. Scents have the ability to transport you instantly to a place and time from years before. Smells like skunks, damp grass, ripening fruit, chlorine from a pool, flowers like roses and their sweet fragrance wafting in the air, the smell of damp earth around a lake, wood-smoke from a campfire, pine needles at higher elevations, the strange smell of canvas from a tent, sun-tan lotion. These are some of the smells that are permanently embedded in my mind. What about you? What scents spell summer for you?